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The Food Chain at The Foundling

Despite its often unfriendly weather, autumn is a time of year we most look forward to, as late in the season we hold a big fundraising event to raise funds for people living with HIV in London. This year, we are organising a drinks reception at the beautiful Foundling Museum in Central London, and you are warmly invited to join us!

Tickets are on sale now via the ticketing platform Pure Charity (link below), priced at £70 (with the option of an additional £30 donation). We have planned an entertaining evening at one of the most esteemed venues in the Capital, The Foundling Museum.

Buy your ticket now!

Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss out on what we hope will be a wonderful evening for The Food Chain.



We’re excited to confirm the evening’s entertainment and several of the auction lots, below.


Jay Rayner’s Jazz Quartet

Picture Gallery

Alongside Jay Rayner’s well known love of all things edible is a lesser known passion for jazz piano and the Great American songbook. Now, alongside a collection of superlative musicians, Jay brings his jazz quartet to the Foundling Museum for a set of jazz standards, torch songs and swinging hits; the perfect accompaniment to drinks and nibbles as the evening kicks off.

Don’t miss out on these tunes as you tuck into canapés and a glass of fizz – arrive promptly to get the foot-tapping underway!

Jay Rayner’s ‘Greedy Man in a Hungry World’ Talk

Court Room

Jay’s engaging ‘Greedy Man…’ talk was on offer as our ‘early-bird’ ticket deal. Engaging, witty and honest, Jay’s talk questions preconceptions about food issues.

45 lucky guests have reserved their seat for the hour-long talk by being first to purchase their tickets. Unfortunately 45 is the capacity of the Court Room, but we have plenty going on elsewhere in The Foundling Museum, including twenty-minute tours of this fascinating building. *

* A tour will be offered on arrival on the evening (max 25 people per tour).

Steffan Ciccotti

Picture Gallery

Award-winning Steffan Ciccotti continues the cocktail-jazz into the evening, performing an array of jazz melodies either side of the evening’s live auction in the Picture Gallery (lot details below).

Sean Savage Caricatures

Throughout & 2nd Floor Gallery

Sean Savage is an established caricaturist with over 25 years’ experience. He will provide live, on the spot caricatures for a suggested donation – however much you think it is worth! Each caricature is personalised, and will be put in a protective sleeve ready for you to take home – so make sure you’ve found space at home for a quite unique portrait!

Auction and Silent Auction

If you are unable to join us for our drinks reception at The Foundling Museum, but would like to bid in advance on any of the auction items below, please email with your top bid (and the item for which you are bidding).

All email bids must be received by Wednesday 5 November, 12pm.            

Lot 1

VIP Tickets for ‘Disney on Ice’ at The O2

Two seats in an exclusive O2 suite, plus access to the VIP O2 lounge before and after this unforgettable ‘Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic’ production on 29 December.

Lot 2

Complimentary Table for Six at Wahaca Brixton

Dine and drink in style with five friends at the brand new Wahaca Brixton. To be booked in advance.

Lot 3

Paradiso - One Panel of Hand-Painted Chinoiserie Design

(Right). The Paradiso design in "old gold" colourway on silk incorporates bamboo amongst a variety of flora. A modern take on 18th Century Chinoiserie, bold colourways are especially successful.

Lot 4

Feature in Jonathan Harvey’s Next Book!

Appear in a novel by the accomplished British playwright and Food Chain Patron, Jonathan Harvey. The winning bidder will also receive signed copies of three of his popular books (‘All She Wants’, ‘The Confusion of Karen Carpenter’ and ‘The Girl Who Just Appeared’)

Lot 5

Allegra McEvedy and Jack Monroe Cook for Eight

Enjoy an exclusive dining experience in The Food Chain kitchen. Exceptional chefs Allegra McEvedy MBE and Jack Monroe will dazzle you and seven friends with a delicious meal, expertly prepared at the core of The Food Chain - our Acorn House kitchen. 

Lot 6

Accompany Jay Rayner on a Restaurant Critique

Bid to be Jay Rayner’s dining companion on a restaurant review for The Observer. Experience the culinary Russian roulette of the restaurant critic's life. Will it be a meal to remember or the stuff of nightmares?

Lot 7

Cake Decorating Evening with Gerhard Jenne

A special class for up to 12 people led by Konditor & Cook founder, Gerhard Jenne, in our Acorn House kitchen.

Lot 8

Marc Chagall – “Profile Red Child”

(Right). Emotion, passion and excitement animate this work - one of the best examples of Chagall’s art.


Broad Gallery

Ante Room

During the drinks reception, there will be a chance to bid on six magnificent artworks courtesy of Broad Gallery via silent art auction.

Specialising in 20th Century works on paper, the Broad Gallery boasts a rich and diverse collection of original lithographs, etchings and mixed media artworks by the most celebrated artists of the modern era.